Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fall/Winter Checklist: Cable-Knit Shawl Collar Cardigan

One of the most versatile pieces on this checklist is the cable knit shawl collar cardigan. Cardigans in general were named after the 7th Earl of Cardigan, James Thomas Brudenell, a British military commander during the Crimean War of the mid-1800s. But they were actually popular long before then with the Frenchmen and the British Islanders. Back in the 17th century, the fisherman there needed something to wear that would keep them warm during those grueling days on the open water, but it also had to provide them with a wide range of motion so they could efficiently do their jobs. Because of their insulating warmth and unmatched flexibility, the sweater knitting industry hit a major boom during those times in the fishing communities.

Cardigan by Banana Republic
Fast-forwarding to today, there are so many different ways to wear it. You can be casual with jeans and an oxford shirt. Or smart casual with trousers, dress shirt, and tie. Or if you get one a size up, you can treat as an overcoat and wear it on top of your suit jacket.

Another big plus is that it walks that fine line as being elegant with the shawl collar, but also rugged and textured by being cable-knit. So it says you're a classy guy, but you don't take yourself too seriously.

So if you're looking for one that one piece of clothing that will keep you warm in the office (dress code permitting), the bar, or the open waters, a shawl collared cable-knit cardigan will put you where you want to be. Euro fisherman's license not required.

$88                                                                                                                                                                                  $170
Topman                                                                                                                                                                       JCrew
$315                                                                                                                                                                                         $1,150
Inveralan                                                                                                                                                                           Michael Bastian


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